Biodiversity Data Journal 2: e1111 (26 Jun 2014); doi: 10.3897/BDJ.2.e1111
The occurrence of dipteran fly, Chrysomya megacephala (Fabricius, 1794) is reported for the first time from Royapuram fishing harbour (Chennai), Tamil Nadu, South East India. The fully grown third instar larvae of C. megacephala were collected from decaying fishes near Royapuram fishing harbour. This site is found to be the regular breeding site for C. megacephala. Larvae were reared under laboratory condition and freshly emerged adult flies from pupae were collected and identified by morphological features and molecular tools. Molecular identification through generation of DNA barcoding using mitochondrial COI gene of C. megacephala is appended.
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BioPrepWatch Bryan Cohen 25 July 2014
The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) said on Monday that microbiologists must take all steps possible to guarantee safety for themselves, their coworkers and the broader public from pathogenic microorganisms.
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BioPrepWatch Paul Tinder 24 July 2014
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) announced on Monday that enhanced efforts are needed to increase awareness among West African communities about potential Ebola infection risks from certain wildlife species.
BBC News 23 July 2014
The government has developed a “casual attitude” to the human form of “mad cow disease”, MPs have warned. The Science and Technology Committee said the low incidence of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) was being “used as justification for inaction”. The committee highlighted concerns around the risk of contamination in blood donation and during surgery.
BBC News 23 July 2014
Part of a city in north-west China has been sealed off and dozens of people placed in quarantine after a man died of bubonic plague, state media say. The man died in Yumen city, Gansu province, on 16 July.
The Conversation Olivia Carter 25 July 2014
The need for a bit of luck is no secret to anyone that has previously applied for research funding, but I think it is hard for others to appreciate the degree of variability (some would say “noise”) in the system.
The writer comments on her experience with the peer review process for research funding.
ScienceAlert Australia 27 July 2014
Scientists have finally found a way to make bread last longer—and the new method replaces chemical preservatives with ingredients sourced from plants. Called ‘active packaging’, this alternative adds natural preservatives to the packing material instead of chemicals to the fresh bread. The compounds used in active packaging come from plants such as oregano and clove, which have natural antimicrobial properties.
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The Guardian Graham Readfearn 25 July 2014
The Australian Academy of Science brought together 60 “early- and mid-career” scientists and researchers in Brisbane, hoping to influence how policymakers and governments respond to the impacts of climate change on public health. It asked them to tackle the complex interactions between increasing weather extremes and the impacts on health.
The academy aims to have a complete report with recommendations to present to policymakers, politicians and the public by December.
Sydney Morning Herald Bridie Smith, Nicky Phillips 27 July 2014
Next month, the Australian Academy of Science plans to change the systematic bias against women in science on Wikipedia, hosting a Women of Science ‘’Wikibomb’’ event inspired by a similar call to arms by the Royal Society, London.